Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

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Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

Lucia in the Age of Napoleon

  • Author: Andrea di Robilant
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571317332
  • Category: History
  • Page: 368
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In 1797, Lucia, a beautiful statesman's daughter was married off to a powerful Venetian, only to be caught up in the turbulence of Napoleon's march. This is her story, from dazzling young hostess in Habsburg Vienna, lady-in-waiting at the court of Prince Eugene de Beauharnais in Milan, single mother in Paris during the fall of Napoleon's Empire to Byron's hard-fisted landlady during the poet's stay in Venice.

Lucia

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Lucia

Lucia

  • Author: Andrea Di Robilant
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307268578
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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In 1787, the beautiful Lucia is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. We witness Lucia's painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Vienna; and her amazing firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in 1814. With his brave and articulate heroine, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vivid life on the page. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Autumn in Venice

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Autumn in Venice

Autumn in Venice

Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse

  • Author: Andrea Di Robilant
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 1101946660
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called “absolutely god-damned wonderful.” A year shy of his fiftieth birthday, Hemingway hadn’t published a novel in nearly a decade when he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Here Andrea di Robilant re-creates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship, during which Adriana inspired a man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work. Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; when the Ivanciches traveled to Cuba, Adriana was there as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. The illuminating story of writer and muse—which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity—Autumn in Venice is an intimate look at Hemingway’s final years.

Chasing the Rose

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Chasing the Rose

Chasing the Rose

An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside

  • Author: Andrea Di Robilant
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 030796292X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 213
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"The author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair now gives us a charming chronicle of his search for a fabled antique rose--a tale that takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, and looks into the future of this much beloved flower"--

A Documentary Survey of Napoleonic France

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A Documentary Survey of Napoleonic France

A Documentary Survey of Napoleonic France

A Supplement

  • Author: Eric Anderson Arnold
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • ISBN: 9780761800590
  • Category: History
  • Page: 125
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This volume is a supplement to the editor's earlier A Documentary Survey of Napoleonic France (UPA, 1994) and contains 25 additional letters, laws, decrees, treaties, and miscellaneous policy statements illustrative of administrative and governing norms and methods in the Napoleonic dictatorship. Inspired by John Hall Stewart's A Documentary Survey of the French Revolution, this book will appeal to English-speaking undergraduate and graduate students of Napoleonic France, professors with specialties or interests in that area, and general Napoleonic "buffs."

Venetian Navigators

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Venetian Navigators

Venetian Navigators

The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North

  • Author: Andrea di Robilant
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571271871
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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In the 1380s and 90s, Nicolò and Antonio Zen journeyed from Venice up the North Atlantic, encountering warrior princes, fighting savage natives and, just possibly, reaching the New World a full century before Columbus. The story of their adventure travelled throughout Europe, from the workshop of the great cartographer Mercator to the court of Elizabeth I. For centuries, the brothers were international celebrities, until, in 1835, the story was denounced as a 'tissue of lies' and the Zens faded into oblivion. But was it a hoax? What if these Venetian navigators really made their incredible journey? Intrigued by the myth, Andrea di Robilant sets out to discover the truth about the Zen voyages. Following in their footsteps, his quest to solve one of Venice's most intriguing mysteries takes him on a fascinating journey of his own, from the crumbling Palazzo Zen in Venice to the Orkney Islands, Shetland, the Faroes, Iceland and even as far as an isolated monastery in Greenland. Part history, part travelogue, Venetian Navigators is a charming tale of great journeys, fine detective work and faith, against the odds.

Revisiting Napoleon’s Continental System

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Revisiting Napoleon’s Continental System

Revisiting Napoleon’s Continental System

Local, Regional and European Experiences

  • Author: K. Aaslestad,J. Joor
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137345578
  • Category: History
  • Page: 290
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Economic warfare during the Napoleonic era transformed international commerce; redirecting trade and generating illicit commerce. This volume re-evaluates the Continental System through urban and regional case studies that analyze the power triangle of the French, British and neutral powers and their strategies to adapt to trade restrictions.

Lucia Dare

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Lucia Dare

Lucia Dare

A Novel

  • Author: Sarah Anne Dorsey
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 138
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Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

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Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

  • Author: Anthony Burgess
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393350169
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Anthony Burgess draws on his love of music and history in this novel he called “elephantine fun” to write. A grand and affectionate tragicomic symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte that teases and reweaves Napoleon’s life into a pattern borrowed—in liberty, equality, and fraternity—from Beethoven’s Third “Eroica” Symphony, in this rich, exciting, bawdy, and funny novel Anthony Burgess has pulled out all the stops for a virtuoso performance that is literary, historical, and musical.

Napoleon & Betsy

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Napoleon & Betsy

Napoleon & Betsy

Recollections of the Emperor Napoleon on St Helena

  • Author: Lucia Elizabeth Abell
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media
  • ISBN: 1781551359
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: N.A
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The story of Napoleon and Betsy Balcombe is an unusual and fascinating tale. A fallen Emperor who once controlled most of Europe makes friends with an impudent, pretty and spirited young English girl, just about the celebrate her thirteenth birthday. Betsy produced a book full of interest, but notwithstanding that the book wanders backwards and forward chronologically, the general tenor of the relationship between this young girl and Napoleon is beyond question, and it was of an unusual and extremely friendly nature. Napoleon's fall from an unprecedented position of power to humiliating confinement must have been an impossible burden to have lived with, and yet, despite this - or possibly because of it - Napoleon befriended this child and held genuine affection for her. Despite the naivety, the warmth of the friendship between the ex-emperor and little 'Mees' Balcombe shines through, and her text is well-worth providing in this new edition. Napoleon was at the Briars for eight weeks, but the family were very close to the community at Longwood, some two miles further up hill and inland, and visited weekly, sometimes more often. It was here, as Betsy matured and grew more responsible, that the friendship developed, to the extent that she assisted Napoleon with his attempts at English. She was daring as well as impudent and with an irrepressible sense of humour she unlocked the inner child in Napoleon that led to the famous friendship. He found her boldness amusing and occasionally alarming. It must have been a welcome diversion from his darker thoughts.